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  • The Day of the Procedure: What to Expect

  • On the day of your procedure, please bring a list of the prescribed and over-the-counter medications you are currently taking.

    The time you will be instructed to arrive at The Miriam Hospital will be one to one-and-a-half hours prior to the time of your exam. This is to allow time for registration and for the preparations necessary for your exam. When you arrive at The Miriam, please report to the admitting office located in the hospital's main lobby. From there, you will be instructed to go to the registration desk where you will check-in. You will then be escorted to the pre-endoscopy unit. A nurse will greet you and prepare you for your procedure. You must arrange for someone to drive you home.

    What to expect during the exam

    Before your exam begins, you will be given pain medication and a mild sedative to keep you comfortable and relaxed. The physician may spray your throat with numbing medicine. You will lay on your left side and a small mouthpiece will be placed between your teeth. Your doctor will help you swallow the thin flexible endoscope. You will be able to breathe normally. The endoscope introduces air into the stomach, which expands the folds so the physician can see more clearly. The doctor will then examine your esophagus, stomach and duodenum.

    An upper GI endoscopy usually takes 15 to 30 minutes, but plan to be at The Miriam Hospital for 3 to 4 hours to allow time for preparation and recovery. Family members may wait in the waiting area or they may leave their phone number and the recovery nurse will call them when you are ready to be discharged from the hospital.

    What happens after the procedure?

    For more information, please call Lifespan Health Connection: 401-444-4800 or 1-800-927-1230.